Morning Security Brief: Counterfeit Crackdown, Twitter Security, DHS Report Card, and More

Sherry Harowitz

► As part of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiative called “Operation In Our Sites,” ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit seized 10 Internet domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit trademarked cycling equipment and apparel, according to an ICE press release issued yesterday. In addition, officials have identified PayPal accounts used by the infringing Web sites, and they are in the process of seizing the more than $90,000 in those accounts.

► Twitter has sent a memo to major media outlets warning of the potential for more high-profile Twitter account hijackings and imploring sites to take security measures. “Some of the memo's advice is advice any service would give its users: change your passwords, keep your email accounts secure, look out for suspicious activity — the company warns that hackers are using advanced ‘spear phishing’ tactics,” writes Buzzfeed.

► In testimony before a House Homeland Security subcommittee, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that “Out of 1,800 recommendations GAO has made over a decade to help strengthen programs and operations, DHS has implemented more than 60 percent and has actions under way to address others,” reported Government Executive. “More work is needed, however, to ‘further strengthen its acquisition, information technology, and financial and human capital management functions,’” among other issues, the article quotes the GAO’s Cathleen Berrick as telling the subcommittee. 

► Elsewhere in the news, the BBC reports that the United States and South Korea have concluded their joint military drills. The New York Times reports that two years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown, the plant “is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater that workers are struggling to contain.” NPR reports that critics say the Congress is handicapping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by failing to confirm a permanent head for the agency. And the U.K.'s the Telegraph reports that "Relatives of the blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng claim they are suffering a growing campaign of abuse, almost a year after he fled his home in China for the US."


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